The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, has published a handbook on the ratification and implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

A new Financial Times editorial by LISD Director, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and co-authored by Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, "Syria's Agony Can End After All Parties Talk," ( registration required) discusses the role of the US, Russia, Iran, and China, as well as regional powers, in ending the war in Syria. The editorial outlines three critical steps necessary for ending the war.

The Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations (PORDIR) has selected sixteen 2012-13 Fellows in Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations through a competitive application process. The fellows are: Usaama al-Azami, Saud Al-Thani, Hagar Barak, Stephanie Char, Maria-Magdalena Fuchs, Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri, Launa Greer, Eric Hagstrom, Katie Manbachi, Edgar Melgar, Nadirah Mansour, Sarah Ray, Adriana Rexon, David Weil, Allegra Wiprud, and Mengyi Xu.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination supports a publication program that disseminates research conducted as part of Institute projects in a variety of formats. The published output from LISD includes policy briefs, issue reports, edited volumes, and book-length policy reports that are part of the Liechtenstein Colloquium Report series. The program also supports the e-publication of "LISD commentaries," op-ed style articles that provide analysis and insights to a broad range of current events and pressing policy issues. 

Headshot of Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

The Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, described the increasing violence in war-torn Syria and the impact on Syria’s religious communities at a public lecture sponsored by LISD on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Director of LISD, provided comment. The event was co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community is hosting a series of panel discussions at the United Nations in New York and lectures at Princeton University through the 2012-2013 academic year on the implementation of the UN's Women, Peace, and Security agenda (WPS).

The Liechtenstein Institute's Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) is now accepting applications for 2012-2013 student fellows. Applications are to be submitted to Angella Matheney by Sunday, October 14 (NOTE: Deadline extended).

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination co-sponsored a policy address by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, "European Union: An Indispensable Partner," Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The lecture was co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School, European Union Program, and the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society. The event was free and open to the public.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a lunchtime seminar series on crisis diplomacy through the 2012-2013 academic year. Sessions will be held Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. To subscribe to the seminar mailing list, contact Angella Matheney.

A new report from the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, "Crisis Diplomacy from the Mediterranean to the Hindu Kush," addresses the ongoing crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear question, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan, stressing the impact of developments in these three countries for the region.